2015 China-UK Entrepreneurship Competition

new leaflet 2015 v3 with wechatDo you have a creative idea for a business venture involving the UK and China?

Do you want a share of the £13,000 in cash prizes?

Do you wish to build your international network of contacts?

Do you expect to receive professional suggestions on your business plan?

Then, please join in the 8th China UK Entrepreneurship Challenge Competition!

The competition is open to all university teams both in the UK and China.

Teams will be selected to participate in the final competition for winning: £13,000 cash prizes.

An investment opportunity of £500,000 for the best business plan!

A possible free work space in London for up to one year provided by Cocoon Global Ltd!

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The College for International Citizenship

The College for International Citizenship (CIC) enables people with a demonstrable
interest in public affairs & world issues to learn & work together to promote greater international understanding College for International Citizenship Summer School Flyer 2015_Page_1 College for International Citizenship Summer School Flyer 2015_Page_2

The College for International Citizenship (CIC) programme takes place in Birmingham. It runs June to August every year and students can take as many as eight Modules or as few as two, dependent on their interests.

College for International Citizenship Brochure 2015

See below for links to further information:

College for International Citizenship website: http://cfic.org.uk/

College for International Citizenship Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/collegeforinternationalcitizenship

International Summer School 2015

Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics is proud to announce that applications are now open for our International Summer School 2015. sbe_summer_Page_1

The programme is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in pursuing a career in international sports management, or in a sport-related social enterprise.

This module will be intensive and challenging – and lots of fun! You will gain experience of working in international teams and an understanding of the issues involved in your chosen pathway and will develop your own intercultural skills. The module is worth 10 Loughborough credits – 5 ECTS credits, or 3 US credits.

Our International Summer School will also give you an opportunity to do more than just study! Our social programme includes site visits to some of the UK’s most prestigious sporting venues and a weekend trip to London!

All teaching and trips are included with the fee, as well as accommodation for the two weeks. Please find more details on our website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/sbe/summer-school/ and our Summer School brochure

Feel free to contact us at sbe.summerschool@lboro.ac.uk if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from your students.

Best Regards
International Relations Team
School of Business and Economics
Loughborough University
01509 222161

4 extra-curricular activities that can boost your employability

Provided by Selesti Limited

When it comes to writing your CV, it can be difficult to know what activities outside of your studies to include. Below, we’ll look at four things that top graduate job candidates have on their CVs, which you can work towards while at university.

First aid volunteering

Taking part in volunteering activities looks great on a CV, helping to show your well-rounded character. Becoming a first aider is a hugely rewarding and valuable skill to have, adding to your personal development. Not only that, first aid skills are also useful to your future employer. Employers are responsible for the wellbeing of their employees, which includes ensuring there are enough first aiders at work.

If you already have a first aid certificate, make sure it’s still valid before you put it on your CV. That’s because due to a recent change, there is no longer a grace period after a first aid certificate expires, so if yours is out of date, you cannot call yourself a first aider any longer. As with anything on your CV, you should be able to back it up with evidence if questioned about it.

Helping to run a club or society

With countless clubs and societies on your doorstep, there’s a wealth of opportunity to bolster up your CV by taking part. But rather than going out and joining as many clubs as possible, it’s better to only get involved in one or two and play an active part in its running. For example, if you play for a sports team, work your way up to become a team captain, or help lead training sessions. Or if you’re in a society, put yourself forward to become elected for a committee position, such as treasurer or secretary.

In a leadership role, you’ll learn lots of great skills that can help you stand out when applying for jobs. This might include motivating and leading a team, taking charge of your club’s financials as treasurer, learning negotiation and decision making skills in committee meetings, as well as showing good people skills by getting elected for your role.

Writing a blog or getting involved in student media

A great way to improve your writing skills is to get involved in in student media such as The Epinal, or contributing to a blog on topics that interest you. This is a great way to build up your portfolio if you’re looking to enter industries such as journalism, advertising, or marketing.

With blogs existing on almost every topic imaginable online, there are countless opportunities to publish articles on your interests. Blogs are often on the lookout for guest authors, so it’s simply a case of getting in touch with those that do and pitching an idea for an article. You can of cause also set up your own blog using software such as WordPress or Blogger.

Developing your digital skills

Experts predict that by 2017, the UK will need 750,000 skilled digital workers to keep up with the growing technology industry. However, in 2011 the UK produced just 56,000 computer science graduates, suggesting a growing deficit in digital skills.

Even if you’re not looking to enter the technology sector, the truth is that the internet is increasingly important in all industries, whether for making sales, acquiring leads or for customer service. As a result, web skills are becoming a necessity, for example learning how to update website content on a CMS, updating email marketing lists or even basic coding.

A great way to get started is to take a free online course with Codecademy or setting up your own WordPress blog.

What other skills do you have?

Think of any other activities you take part in outside of your studies. What skills have you developed by taking part? Are these skills relevant to the role you’re applying to? If the answer is yes then add it, and remember to prepare for your interview by being able to discuss each activity at length.

Careers with Languages Conference

Are you thinking about a career in languages? You might be interested in the Careers with Languages Conference coming up in April!

Careers with Languages_posterThe Language Centre at Loughborough University is hosting a special conference devoted to the employment and career opportunities for undergraduates who can offer Foreign Languages

Wednesday 29th April 2015


James France Building, Loughborough University

Register now on Eventbrite